Vincent Brown Signs With Indianapolis Colts


Sep 24, 2014; Bagshot, UNITED KINGDOM; Oakland Raiders receiver Vincent Brown (19) stretches at practice at Pennyhill Park Hotel in advance of the NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran wideout Vincent Brown will not be amongst the returning wideouts in Oakland next year as the midseason pickup by the Raiders during the 2014 season will be moving on to another team for the upcoming season. Giving Brown what will be his second team in two seasons following getting let go by the San Diego Chargers as a former third round pick after the 2013 season.

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Brown will be joining the Indianapolis Colts, pairing up with Andrew Luck in a crowded wideout depth chart that is filled with role players that share the workload. Giving one of the game’s brightest young passers another option to throw to should Brown stay healthy and moderately productive during the preseason to make the 53 man roster in Indy this August.’s Kevin Patra reported the signing of Brown to what is a stacked group of receivers that will give the player who has called the AFC West his home for his four year NFL career a difficult challenge to get onto the field with new signing Andre Johnson already demanding plenty of attention after leaving the Houston Texans.

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"The Indianapolis Colts continue to stockpile weapons for their receiving corps.The team announced Tuesday it signed wide receiver Vincent Brown.The pass-catcher appeared in seven games in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders and caught 12 passes for 118 yards. After missing the entire 2012 season due to an ankle injury, the 26-year-old started 12 games in 2013 for the San Diego Chargers and caught 41 passes for 472 yards and one touchdown.Brown joins a stacked receiving group in Indy, led by Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton, newly signed Andre Johnson and up-and-coming Donte Moncrief."

Brown’s time in Oakland was mixed as the former Charger came into the fold late and could never really demand a ton of targets from Derek Carr as he only caught 12 passes. The passes he did catch had an average of over 10 YPC in getting just over 115 yards on the season, but that type of production in Oakland makes his signing in Indianapolis a confusing one as it seems like a strange career move to go to a team where he is highly unlikely to get much of a role behind some good wideouts who are frankly much better than Brown.

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If he had stayed in Oakland it would be assumed that Brown would have had a similar role player role, but one in which he would have gotten more looks from Carr than he will get from Luck who has the likes of TY Hilton, Johnson, Donte Moncrief and a mix of tight ends who will already be demanding the ball. Needing a comeback season to revitalize his contract value, going to the Colts may look like a good move by pairing with Luck, but unless he gets the ball it will be a moot point as Brown needs catches to prove to NFL front offices that he is still a starting level player.

That may not happen with the Colts, who have at the least three wideouts who are head and shoulders better than the former third round pick. Oakland may not have been a desired destination or even a potential option under a new coaching staff for the Raiders, but Brown likely could have picked a better fit to get himself onto the field than with the AFC South champions. We will wait and see what Brown’s first season out of the AFC West holds, but it doesn’t look good on paper for the former San Diego Chargers draft pick.